Category Archives: Durif

2012 Teusner The Playground Dr Frank’s Big Black One Durif

I’ve really enjoyed a couple of Australian Durifs lately. Not just admired but enjoyed. There’s a big difference. This is full-bodied and inky but it’s not hot, thick or soupy. It’s a generously proportioned table wine. Complex and layered with … Continue reading

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2012 Golden Grove Estate Vintage Grand Reserve Durif

Well, I’ll be damned. Durif from the Granite Belt. And it’s a smashing drink too. Nothing like having your preconceptions challenged. Apparently it’s a bugger of a variety in the vineyard, requiring a lot of hard work to net the end … Continue reading

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2010 Deen De Bortoli Vat 1 Durif

A handy little Riverina Durif here. Not that I drink much Durif but it’s a grape with character and I respect it for that. Firstly the aftertaste and where the real pleasure lies for me; ironstone, spiced orange rind, burnt caramel … Continue reading

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Elevation…don’t go to my head: A Granite Belt Tasting

Sitting at the bar of a well known establishment in Brisbane with a bowl of rosemary salted chips and a glass of Dönnhoff Riesling, I casually mentioned to a staff member that I was heading to a tasting of Granite Belt wines … Continue reading

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2009 Teusner The Playground Durif

Barossa 14.5% Screwcap $28 Well, it pours a deep black purple but it’s not as dense or heavy as its famous Rutherglen counterparts. Blackcurrants entwined with dark cherry, plum and blueberry. Iron, vanilla, iodine and baking spice flesh out the … Continue reading

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2009 Westend 3 Bridges Durif

Now under screwcap for your peace of mind… Riverina 14.5% Screwcap $20.95 A rather refined, perhaps introverted rendition of Australian Durif – given the variety that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Plum, blackberry, vanilla, dark chocolate, cloves, blood and red soil … Continue reading

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2008 Massena Howling Dog Durif

Barossa 14.5% Cork $35 Source: Sample “And now for something completely different…” It was cold last night (I’m from Brisbane, so make of that what you will) and I was having a look at a very big red wine (not … Continue reading

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2007 De Bortoli Vat 1 Durif

NSW, Riverina 14% Screwcap $9.50- Tasted 16/7/09 Whacked into a decanter for an hour and this is what came out- Rich Durif density of fruit with burnt sugar and iodine. And it is rich in the mouth but the tannins … Continue reading

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